The European Commission has published the European Accessibility Act. The European Association of Service providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD) welcomes this step forward taken by the Commission, announced only one day before the celebration of the International Day of Persons with disabilities [3.12] .
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The European Association of Service providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD) welcomes the Annual Growth Survey 2016 launched today by the European Commission as a step in the right direction. Although not perfect, the AGS 2016 is much closer to the reality on the ground than its predecessor. EASPD now calls on the European Commission to turn this stronger focus on social fairness into action through the 2016 CSRs.
EASPD releases its latest report recommending the EU to use the European Semester as a tool to support the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
In the run-up to its 20th anniversary (#EASPDturns20), the European Association of Service Providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD) launches the photo competition Revealed & Unveiled. The photo competition wishes to highlight the work of service providers for persons with disabilities across Europe
Why do we not yet have inclusive education? Has inclusive education been theoretically defined? Which are the main barriers in society which make it difficult to have fully inclusive educational settings in Europe? All these questions were debated today during the EASPD annual conference “Inclusive teaching programmes: Let’s develop it together!
On the 17th September 2015, the European Commission proposed guidance to Member States to better help the 12 million long-term unemployed in Europe back into jobs. The proposal looks into the role services play in this process and puts forward specific actions as to how Member States can strengthen them. The European Association of Service providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD) welcomes the efforts made by the EC in this direction. Improvements, however, remain necessary to maximize the impact of the proposals.
The European Association of Service providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD) welcomes the United Nations’ final recommendations to the European Union on how to take further steps in the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). EASPD shares the UN concern on the need to establish guidelines with concrete benchmarks and indicators to assess the European Disability Strategy but warns of the danger of neglecting support services for critical issues such as independent living, employment or education.
During the 2nd part of the Constructive Dialogue between the European Union and the United Nations taking place in Geneva on the 27-28 August 2015, the European Association of Service providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD) organised a side event to present the role of support services in the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD).
Another week of negotiations in Brussels and the tango between the Greek government and the Troika continues; albeit potentially coming to its climax this Sunday 5th July in the Greek’s referendum on the Troika’s latest proposal. The European Association of Service providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD) regrets that the priorities of the Troika during the negotiations seem to focus solely on reducing Greek debt, rather than also issuing proposals aiming to improve the quality of life of the millions of Greeks currently living in poverty.
In June 2015, the International Monetary Fund issued a Staff Discussion Note named: “Causes and Consequences of Income Inequality: A Global perspective”. Whilst at first sight it may appear as not particularly linked to support services for persons with disabilities due to its focus on income inequality, the European Association of Service providers for Persons with Disabilities nonetheless believes that it leads to interesting conclusions for our sector, for instance that current EU fiscal and economic policies are failing to address the importance of investing in the human capital and skills of many Europeans.